Vachel Carter

Vachel Carter

I am a Ph.D. candidate studying paleoecology and a suite of forest disturbances. I am particularly interested in fire ecology and mountain pine beetle interactions. My dissertation project is specifically looking at sedimentary archives obtained from the Medicine Bow Range of southeastern Wyoming, and the north slope of the Uinta Mountains in eastern Utah. I received both my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography from the University of Utah. For my Masters degree, I worked with Dr. Andrea Brunelle investigating the late glacial-Holocene paleoenvironmental history from the Medicine Bow Range. After completing my M.S. degree, I worked with the USDA Forest Service, as a Forestry Technician collecting field data for the Forest Inventory and Analysis group. Now we have the pleasure of collaborating with the Forest Inventory and Analysis group for my dissertation, where we will be analyzing dwarf mistletoe and its relationship with fire. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, climbing, snowboarding and gardening. I also love playing scrabble, and chasing my dog around until we both tire each other out.